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Communicating your science Oct. 21

October 19, 2010

Have you ever discussed your scientific field or background with someone and watched his or her eyes glaze-over? Marc Ringel, KUNC public radio medical commentator, will speak at CSU on Oct. 21 about how to engage others when talking about science and how to make science more accessible for non-scientists.

Thursday, Oct. 21
2-5 p.m.
Hilton Fort Collins
425 W. Prospect Road

Every discipline uses language that may be difficult for those outside its domain to understand or access.

As a scientist, have you ever found you found yourself at a bar or a party and had someone ask what you do? Have you had difficulty succinctly answering his or her questions or engaging the interest of the person?  Have you watched his or her eyes glaze over as you describe your work?

As a scientist, have you ever thought about how to best present yourself at a job interview to engage the interest of others without your expertise?

If so, this workshop is for you! Whatever your scientific field or background, this workshop will help you further develop your communications skills.

What do scientist-public interactions look like?

A demonstration of scientist-public interactions will begin the workshop, and then you will tune your 60-second personal introductions in small groups and receive feedback from professional scientists and communicators.

Keynote by KUNC medical commentator

Marc Ringel, Ph.D., local KUNC Public Radio medical commentator, will provide a keynote presentation based on his experience in communicating medical science issues to the public via National Public Radio. 

Following the keynote address, you will return to your small table to tune your extended introductions beyond 60 seconds. By the end of the afternoon, you will be more comfortable in communicating who you are (scientifically) and what you do.

Sponsored by the Office of Vice President for Research.

Contact: Stu Tobet
Phone: (970) 491-1672